is a great time tracking tool that helps you keep track of your time
during projects. It is mostly a web app, however it has a downloadable
desktop app that allows you to use their time clock easily without
having their website up and running. And the best part? It is free!
allows you to share files with others who also have Dropbox. I use it
for one of my clients and it makes life alot easier than uploading the
files and sending a link. Dropbox has a desktop application that puts a
folder on your computer, so it acts just like your “My Documents”
folder, and automatically syncs for you.
is a nice application to help keep track of the time you spend on
client work. Klok costs $15.99 for one license and requires Adobe Air
to power it. I tried out Klok before they switched to a paid version,
and I must say, the interface is very nice!
6. Mozilla Firefox
7. Mozilla Thunderbird
9. Adobe Creative Suite 5
think this may be a given for the majority of us freelancers, however,
the Adobe Creative Suite does exist for Windows. It includes such
programs as Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator, and many more depending on
which suite you purchase.
10. Intuit Quickbooks
notes, manage your paperflow, and keep an inspiration journal with
Evernote. A companion to manage all of those notes and napkin drawings
right on your desktop. Evernote also features apps for your phone for
on-the-go note management.
(and when you least expect it), viruses can hit your computer and cause
great frustration and lost of time to take care of. Avast! is a great
anti-virus solution to help keep your computer healthy. They even offer
a free version if you want to try it out.
13. Google Talk
all the Google lovers, Google Talk is the desktop equivalent to Google
Chat found in Gmail. Chat with friends, family, and even clients and
prospects with Google Talk, without ever having to open a browser.
Another great feature of Google Talk is an email alert that alerts you
when you get an email, which I find very handy!
most popular browser for Apple comes to Windows! Safari is an excellent
browser with a little Mac love. Great addition to your list of
browsers, especially for all the web developers and web designers who
need to test their sites in all browsers.
convenient way to access your files from anywhere and to backup your
files, SugarSync is an online backup service that features a desktop
download to ease in management and phone apps to allow for access of
your files anywhere.
17. Microsoft Office
is one of the leading anti-virus apps for Windows machines. With
features like real-time scanning and up to three computer licenses,
McAfee can help keep your computer safe from attacks and viruses.
21. Adobe Reader
22. Microsoft Outlook
Outlook (now part of the Office suite) is a nice email client that
helps you stay on top of your overflowing inbox. Stay organized, find
messages easier, and reply quicker are many advantages to Microsoft
new app for me (and I plan to try it out), F.lux is made to help
monitor the brightest of your screen depending on the time of day. Set
how bright you want your computer to be depending on your usage, and
save your eyes!
24. Windows Live Messenger
26. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
app was a life-saver recently when viruses hit my computer hard. One of
the best free scanners out there, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will scan
your computer for viruses and malware that sometimes other anti-virus
programs won’t catch. After the scan, it will print you a report of
what it found and take care of all the dirty work in getting rid of any
interesting app to surely solve some productivity issues, BubblesHQ
takes any website and makes it a convenient desktop app. I used it with
much ease for managing my Gmail inbox and online CRM, and it was very
nice not having to have a browser open all the time.
that just because you had a Windows machine you couldn’t get all the
loveliness that is iTunes? Think again. iTunes has a Windows app so
that you can listen to your favorite jams and rock out while you are
working on client work.
great anti-virus software, Kaspersky will keep your computer free of
viruses and infections so that you can focus on your freelancing work.
They feature a free trial to test drive their software as well.
31. Yahoo! Messenger
Messenger is one of the most popular and widely-used instant messaging
apps in use today. Chat with friends and family, video chat with
prospects, and check your friends’ statuses all inside the convenient
32. Active@ File Recovery
has happened to all of us I am sure, something happens and we lose our
files, be it on our hard drives, portable hard drives, CDs/DVDs, or
jump drives. Active@ File Recovery is an app that lets you recover your
files so you can get back to work again.
37. AOL Instant Messenger
Instant Messenger (AIM for short) is one of the longest-standing
instant messaging apps out there. Chat with all of your buddies, and
now use your Facebook account as a login and chat with your Facebook
friends though AIM as well.
you need a simple FTP client, SmartFTP steps up to the plate. For
whatever needs you have to upload files to your server, SmartFTP is a
great free app to help you upload and download files on your server.
great financial management app from Intuit, Quicken allows for you to
manage every facet of your personal finances and freelance finances in
an easy to use application. Quicken allows for budgeting, setting
financial goals, and keeping on top of your debt obligations all in one
easy to use app.
your social media life with Twhirl. Everything from Twitter to Facebook
to Friendfeed, Twhirl makes it easy to stay on top of your social media
in an application that fits right on your desktop, using Adobe Air to
44. AVG Anti-Virus
45. PDF Creator
those that don’t want to invest in expensive PDF software, PDF Creator
is a great open-source program that allows for the creation of PDFs.
Create PDFs to your heart is content for all of your business’ needs.
an all-in-one instant messenger? Well Pidgin (like the bird) is to the
rescue! Pidgin is an universal instant messaging app that will allow
you to log in to all of your accounts, and manage them all of them from
is a personal note keeper. Keep all of your notes organized with this
free desktop application and get rid of your post-it notes! CintaNotes
features fast searching and the ability to run it on your flash drive,
so you can take it anywhere!